Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
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Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.
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Together we have come to realize that for most men the right to learn is curtailed by the obligation to attend school.
more Ivan Illich quotes
There is no slavery but ignorance. Liberty is the child of intelligence.
more Robert G. Ingersoll quotes
It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.
more Eugene Ionesco quotes
History does not move by leaps into unrelated novelty, but rather by the selective emphasis of aspects of its own immediate past.
more Julian Jaynes quotes
Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to, convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
Our legislators are not sufficiently appraised of the rightful limits of their power; that their true office is to declare and enforce our natural rights and duties, and to take none of them from us.  No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another; and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him; every man is under the natural duty of contributing to the necessities of the society; and this is all the laws should enforce on him; and, no man having the right to be the judge between himself and another, it is his natural duty to submit to the umpirage of an impartial third [party].  When the laws have declared and enforced all this, they have fulfilled their functions; and the idea is quite unfounded, that on entering into society we give up any natural right.
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I am not fully informed of the practices at Harvard, but there is one from which we shall certainly vary, although it has been copied, I believe, by nearly every college and academy in the United States. That is, the holding the students all to one prescribed course of reading, and disallowing exclusive application to those branches only which are to qualify them for the particular vocations to which they are destined. We shall, on the contrary, allow them uncontrolled choice in the lectures they shall choose to attend, and require elementary qualification only, and sufficient age.
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I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books, to be lent to the people of the country under regulations as would secure their safe return in due time.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
To preserve the freedom of the human mind then and freedom of the press, every spirit should be ready to devote itself to martyrdom.
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Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intelligence.
more Dr. Samuel Johnson quotes
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.
more Franz Kafka quotes
As long as man remains an inquiring animal, there can never be a complete unanimity in our fundamental beliefs. The more diverse our paths, the greater is likely to be the divergence of beliefs.
more Sir Arthur Keith quotes
College isn't the place to go for ideas.
more Helen Keller quotes
Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain.
more John F. Kennedy quotes
Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain.
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Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
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And there is the point exactly, we are all the time blaming difficulties on to something else. Our real trouble is that we are too soft to solve the problem.
more Charles F. Kettering quotes
Whenever you look at a piece of work and you think the fellow was crazy, then you want to pay some attention to that. One of you is likely to be, and you better find out which one it is. It makes an awful lot of difference.
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Engineering is thus a combination of brains and material -- the more brains the less material.
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...you must take the problem as it is, and let it be what it wants to be.
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Those, who are strongly wedded to what I shall call 'the classical theory', will fluctuate, I expect, between a belief that I am quite wrong and a belief that I am saying nothing new. It is for others to determine if either of these or the third alternative is right.
more John Maynard Keynes quotes
The difficulty lies not in the new ideas but in escaping from the old ones.
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When I change my mind I say so, what do you do?
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Indeed the Idols I have loved so long, have done my credit in this World much wrong; have drowned my Glory in a shallow Cup, and sold my Reputation for a Song.
more Omar Khayyam quotes
People hardly ever make use of the freedom they have, for example, freedom of thought; instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
more Soren Kierkegaard quotes
Express everything you like. No word can hurt you. None. No idea can hurt you. Not being able to express an idea or word will hurt you more. Like a bullet.
more Jamaica Kincaid quotes
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity.
more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
The group consisting of mother, father and child is the main educational agency of mankind.
more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
The Negro has no room to make any substantial compromises because his store of advantages is too small. He must press unrelentingly for quality, integrated education or his whole drive for freedom will be undermined by the absence of a most vital and indispensable element -- learning.
more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
Knowledge is more a matter of learning than of the exercise of absolute judgment. Learning requires time, and in time the situation dealt with, as well as the learner, undergoes change.
more Frank H. Knight quotes
Heterodox doctrines, in economics and elsewhere, often fail to get adequately discussed in their formative stages: both the intellectual and the political establishment tend to regard them as unworthy of notice. Meanwhile, those doctrines can seem compelling to large numbers of people (some of whom may have considerable political clout, large financial resources, or both). By the time it becomes apparent that such influential ideas demand serious attention after all, reasoned argument has become very difficult. People have become invested emotionally, politically, and financially in the doctrine; careers and even institutions have been built on it; and the proponents can no longer allow themselves to contemplate the possibility that they have taken a wrong turning.
more Paul Krugman quotes
I would rather think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to come together and make sense.
more Rabbi Harold Kushner quotes
Let me offer you, metaphorically, two magic wands that have sweeping powers to change society. With one wand you could wipe out all racism and discrimination from the hearts and minds of white America. The other wand you could wave across the ghettos and barrios of America and infuse the inhabitants with Japanese or Jewish values, respect for learning and ambition. ... I suggest that the best wand for society and for those who live in the ghettos and barrios would be the second wand.
more Richard Lamm quotes
There is no such thing as an inevitable war. If war comes it will be from failure of human wisdom.
more Andrew B. Law quotes
A teacher is never a giver of truth -- he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself. A good teacher is merely a catalyst.
more Bruce Lee quotes
Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential.
more Bruce Lee quotes
[M]y work, which I've done for a long time, was not pursued in order to gain the praise I now enjoy, but chiefly from a craving after knowledge, which I notice resides in me more than in most other men. And therewithal, whenever I found out anything remarkable, I have thought it my duty to put down my discovery on paper, so that all ingenious people might be informed thereof.
more Antonie van Leeuwenhoek quotes
Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God you learn.
more C. S. Lewis quotes
What I want to fix your attention on is the vast overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence -- moral, cultural, social or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how 'democracy' (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient dictatorships, and by the same methods? The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be 'undemocratic.' Children who are fit to proceed may be artifically kept back, because the others would get a trauma by being left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coeval's attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON A MAT. We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when 'I'm as good as you' has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented; who are they to overtop their fellows? And anyway, the teachers -- or should I say nurses? -- will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men.
more C. S. Lewis quotes
One's first step in wisdom is to question everything -- and one's last is to come to terms with everything.
more Georg Christoph Lichtenberg quotes
Within seven centuries, [the ancient Greeks] invented for itself, epic, elegy, lyric, tragedy, novel, democratic government, political and economic science, history, geography, philosophy, physics and biology; and made revolutionary advances in architecture, sculpture, painting, music, oratory, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, anatomy, engineering, law and war... a stupendous feat for whose most brilliant state Attica was the size of Hertfordshire, with a free population (including children) of perhaps 160,000.
more F. J. Lucas quotes
I've always said, the key organ here isn't the brain, it's the stomach. When things start to decline - there are bad headlines in the papers and on television - will you have the stomach for the market volatility and the broad-based pessimism that tends to come with it?
more Peter Lynch quotes
Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.
more Thomas Babington Macaulay quotes
Experience is the oracle of truth; and where its responses are unequivocal, they ought to be conclusive and sacred.
more James Madison quotes
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
more James Madison quotes
What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual & surest support?
more James Madison quotes
It is impossible for ideas to compete in the marketplace if no forum for their presentation is provided or available.
more Thomas Mann quotes
However, is it not prudent, since no one has gone into the future, to pay attention to our elders?
more Thomas Martin quotes
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